LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Senior captain Meghan Donohue scored a season-high 18 points and freshman guard Anna Lundquist had a breakout performance with 16 points as Siena Women's Basketball opened conference play with a decisive 67-52 victory over Fairfield at the ARC.
Siena (2-3, 1-0) posted its strongest defensive effort of the young season limiting the Stags to just 32 points over the final three quarters. The Saints held Fairfield (3-4, 0-1) to just 33.3-percent shooting for the game.
Kelsey Carey had 16 points and Samantha Cooper added 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Stags.
Fairfield controlled play early, building as much as an eight-point lead with 8:23 remaining in the first half. However, Siena closed the half on a 19-8 run to claim a 33-30 lead at the break.
The Saints continued to turn up the defensive pressure in the third quarter, holding the Stags to just 18% shooting (3-of-17). As a result, Siena allowed just six points in the frame, which tied for the program's fewest bequeathed in any quarter since the NCAA went to quarters at the start of last season.
Cooper rallied Fairfield within eight, 59-51 with 2:08 remaining. However, Lundquist drained a pair of clutch three's late as Siena ended the game on an 8-1 run in posting their largest margin of victory over Fairfield since January 10, 2010.
Sophomore guard Jackie Benitez added 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six assists for Siena which turned the ball over just nine times, tying for the programs fewest committed in a game since committing just eight on February 6, 2009 against Loyola (Md.).
Siena concludes it's challenging MAAC Opening Weekend when the Saints travel to face perennial league power Quinnipiac on Saturday, December 3. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. in Hamden, Connecticut.